(Clearwisdom.net) On November 6, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners were invited to perform at the Chrysanthemum Festival held at the renowned Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In front of the chrysanthemum exhibition garden and beside the Main Fountain Garden, practitioners from Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware performed on traditional Chinese waist drums and demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises. The weather was very nice. In the beautiful flower garden, the audience enjoyed the performance and the exercise demonstration. Mary, one of the viewers, said, "Wonderful performance! Beautiful." Many viewers imitated the practitioners' hand gestures in the exercise demonstration.

Exercise demonstration beside the main fountain park

Audience members imitate the hand gestures while watching the exercise demonstration
Young practitioners demonstrating the exercises

Waist drum performance. Mr. Chen in the front row was unlawfully imprisoned and tortured for 18 months in Beijing for persisting in practicing Falun Gong.

People learn about Falun Gong at the practitioners' booth

Ms. Yang at the Falun Gong booth said, "As soon as our exercise demonstration was finished, many viewers came up to ask for information and buy books, CDs and exercise instruction tapes. I was touched to see so many people eager to learn Dafa and the facts about the persecution."

A gentleman who was over 70 years old stopped by and asked, "Do you accept credit cards?" He had only $20 in cash and held two Dafa books to buy. One of the practitioners thought that it wouldn't be right to miss an opportunity with a predestined person, and paid for the books for him.

Another gentleman said excitedly while hearing the Dafa music, "I have been looking for this music. I did not find it in Chinatown after searching all over. I'm finally hearing the music that I was looking for."

One woman asked for some truth-clarification literature and said she wanted to give it to her friends, including three Chinese friends.

A young man said, "I read the literature in New York. Please give me more and I'll give it to my friends."

A Chinese visitor, who was around 60 years old, said out loud, "I know Falun Dafa is good, very good. Falun Gong practitioners are good people. But they are being mistreated [in China]. This will be changed. Otherwise, where is the heavenly principle?"